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FIXATED ON FUNGI
   NOVEMBER-JANUARY 2013 MARKS BERNARDUS LODGE’S HOMAGE TO THE MAGICAL MUSHROOM WITH
   FORAGING TREKS, SPA TREATMENTS, MUSHROOM MIXOLOGY & CHEF STAMENOV’S FUNGI-FRESH MENU
         – Special Event: Five Star Edibles from the Wild Repast/November 17, 2012 –
CARMEL VALLEY, CALIF. — 2012 — From the oak-studded fields of Carmel Valley to the redwood forests of
Big Sur and Monterey Bay, the seasonal forage for local porcinis, chanterelles and candy caps hits a high
note this winter at Bernardus Lodge. The homage to Mr. Fungi includes Big Sur foraging treks, mushroom-
infused cocktails, anti-oxidant “FunGal” spa treatments and a special a la carte menu at Marinus Restaurant
focused on the coveted gems of the forest. A new two-night hotel package is also available.
SHAKEN, SAUTEED & SAVORED…
         From Bernardus’ Chanterelle and Elderflower Martini to the succulent
Squab “Cailette” with Porcini and Sauce Perigord, the seductive qualities of the
mushroom have outpaced most screen sirens. Ancient Egyptians linked the
mushroom to immortality and its exotic flavors were reserved solely for royalty.
South Pacific cultures believed in the mushroom’s aphrodisiac qualities, the early
equivalent of Viagra. While cultivation credits go to the French and Southeast
Asians, it is the Californians – those early-adopter foragers, cutting-edge
chefs and passionate palates – that have placed these fleshy fungi on a pedestal.
                                   Like a caped avenger, this super food is rich in antioxidants, packed with
                                   vitamins D and B, and struts to the table in a variety of textures and flavors.
                                   An avid forager, chef Stamenov harvests much of his own stash for Marinus’
                                   seasonal menu, in additional to the coveted 20 lbs. of imported truffles he
                                   trades on annually. The seasonal menu will include a lusty lineup of entrees,

including a rich White Truffle Risotto, Local Black Cod with Chanterelles and Carmel Bay Spot Prawns with
Matsutake Angnolotti, bathed in a wild fennel sauce.
        More than savory, mushrooms also have a sweet side. Pastry chef Ben Spungin rounds out the
dessert menu with a sinful Black Truffle Ice Cream Sundae, Caramelized White Chocolate and Chanterelle
Mousse and fragrant, maple-overtoned Candy Cap Pot de Crème with Pistachio Streusel.
FUNGI FORAGING
        Rain means wild mushrooms, and nowhere are they more prevalent than along the coastal forest
and dense redwoods of Monterey County. On tap are two weekly guided fungi forages (Wednesday and
Saturday), which include transport. Playing to the unparalleled beauty and bounty of Big Sur, the moderate
three-hour coastal and inland trek led by a seasoned forager is certain to jump start the senses
($75.00/person; weather dependent). Most notable in the region are chanterelles, porcini and candy cap
varieties.
PULL OUT THE PEDESTAL: FIVE STAR EDIBLES FROM THE WILD REPAST (NOVEMBER 17, 2012)
        As the suns sets, chef Stamenov and his team turn up the heat at award-winning Marinus Restaurant
with a reception and five-course tasting menu focused on Mr. Fungi. Paired with a selection of wines from
Bernardus Winery, the menu will showcase both savory and sweet dishes including locally sourced Carmel
Bay Spot Prawns with Matsutake Angnolotti and a sinful Black Truffle Ice Cream Sundae. Although not of
the hallucinogenic variety, the mushroom-inspired dishes crafted for this repast will be nothing short of
mind-blowing ($150.00/person inclusive).
SCRUB, SOAK, SLITHER…
        Take to the Warming Pool at the 5,300 sq. ft. Spa at Bernardus Lodge, followed by a series of
treatments designed to release the body of free radicals and renew the epidermis. The new Mushroom
Medley includes an exfoliating body scrub followed with a hot rock massage combining a custom Bernardus
blend of oak, moss and mushroom-infused oil (50-minutes; $150.00/person). Slither into the sexy alfresco
whirlpool with a heady 25-minute mushroom soak for the ultimate chill-out (add-on).
FUNGUY & GIRL PACKAGE (November – January 2013)
        Slip away for a stay in the valley of the wine gods. The new Funguy & Girl two-night package includes
guest accommodations, a three-hour foraging trek for two, mushroom spa package for two and $150.00
meal credit at Marinus Restaurant or Wickets Bistro. Rates start at $1050.00/double. Packages are available
November 1 through January 31, 2013, subject to availability and exclusive of taxes, gratuity and resort fees.
Blackout dates apply. Reservations: www.bernardus.com.
BACKSTORY
        Set on 26 pristine Carmel Valley acres awash with vineyards and lavender, Bernardus Lodge boasts 57 luxurious
guestrooms, award-winning dining, the signature Spa at Bernardus Lodge, two swimming pools, an alfresco bocce
court and 4,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Created by Bernardus Pon, owner of Bernardus Winery and Vineyard, the
Lodge offers a bespoke escape steeped in European graciousness. A member of Leading Hotels of the World and
partner with American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts Program, Bernardus Lodge received the Conde Nast Traveler
Johansens 2012 Awards for Excellent for “Most Excellent Lodge,” 2012 AAA Four Diamond Hotel rating and 2012 Forbes
Four-Star award for the Lodge, The Spa at Bernardus Lodge and Marinus Restaurant. The Lodge is perennially
recognized by discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Top Hotels” and Travel and Leisure’s “Worlds Best Hotels” as
well as being a Wine Spectator Grand Award recipient (2001-2012) and voted #1 in Andrew Harper’s 2012 Reader Survey
of “Top Food & Wine Resorts” worldwide.
        Bernardus Lodge is located on the Monterey Peninsula, 120 mi./193 km. south of San Francisco and 330 mi./531
km. north of Los Angeles. The Lodge is a 20-minute drive from the Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea and
Monterey and a 45-minute drive from scenic Big Sur. For information contact Bernardus Lodge at 1.888.648.9463 or
visit www.bernardus.com.
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